Forum to address federal health care plan
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College will host the final in a series of free forums discussing the truths and myths of the federal health care plan from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N, in the Digitorium (UP Building, Room 160). The event, which focuses on quality improvement and patient safety, includes two 30-minute presentations by health care professionals. A question-and-answer session is after the presentations. For information, call (727) 341-3352.
'Beacon' is subject of historical society
The Seminole Beacon will be the topic of the Seminole Historical Society's meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Seminole Recreation Center, Room 210B, 9100 113th St. Wilda Whittle, who has been with the newspaper for 27 years, is presenting the program. The public is invited. For information, call (727) 391-1433 or visit SeminoleHistorical Society.org.
Synchronized swimming clinic precedes show
The 2011 Synchro Spectacular Water Show will be presented by Suncoast WaterWorks Synchronized Swim Team at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. The gate opens at 6 p.m. There will also be a free synchronized swim clinic starting at 5 p.m. for the public. Cost is $8 for adults; $6 for senior and students. For information, call Robinne at (727) 669-4115 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
School will stage the 'Classic World's Fair'
Classical Christian School for the Arts presents "Classical World's Fair" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. The evening will include dance performances and a silent auction featuring items from gift certificates to vacations. There is no cost for admission, but donations will be accepted. For information, call (727) 547-6820 or visit ccsa.us.
Church collecting food donations for needy
Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, is collecting nonperishable food items until June 3 to help feed the needy. Donations can be dropped off at the church between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday or be placed in the food bin at the door For information, call (727) 585-2641.
Mass, celebration take international approach
St. Patrick Catholic Church will hold its annual International Mass and Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. June 5. After a Mass, which will include representatives from 28 countries, a luncheon with treats from around the world will be held inside the parish center. The cost for lunch will be $5. For information, call (727) 584-2318.
NOW chapter to screen 'Mother's Day' today
The Pinellas chapter of the National Organization for Women is holding a free screening of the film Mother's Day by local filmmaker Diane Mason at 7 p.m. today at Girls Inc., 7700 61st St. N. The documentary explains the true meaning of Mother's Day as created by Julia Ward Howe and chronicles a Code Pink antiwar protest day in Washington, D.C., on Mother's Day 2006. Mason will discuss the film and answer questions. For information, call (727) 389-5272.
Flag football game benefits fallen officers
Watch the Tampa Bay Sentinels take on the St. Petersburg Police Department's Green Machine in a benefit flag football game to help the families of canine Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger and Officer David S. Crawford from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE. There will also be live entertainment and a canine demonstration. Tickets are $5, 5 and younger get in free. For information, call (727) 893-7063 or visit stpete.org/progress_energy_park_al_lang_field.asp.
Boyd Hill preserve offers Pioneer Night for kids
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, is hosting a night for kids, ages 7 to 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Nights is an evening of old-fashioned events ending with a campfire and s'mores. The cost is $25, and registration is required by Friday. For information and to register, call (727) 893-7326.
Have breakfast with the mayor this morning
Residents are invited to have casual conversation and share their thoughts over breakfast at Mayor Bill Foster's monthly program at 7 a.m. today at Café 100, 100 Second Ave. S. For information, call (727) 893-7465 or visit stpete.org/ BreakfastWithMayor.
City grants available to nonprofit cultural groups
The city is offering grants to eligible nonprofit cultural organizations for the next budget year. Applications and guidelines to receive funds are available online at stpete.org. Applications are due June 24. Organizations can attend an informational workshop at 10 a.m. today at City Hall, Room 100, 175 Fifth St. N. For information, visit the website or call (727) 551-3250.
SoStudio tour touts works by five artists
The SoStudio Artists Tour features the artwork and studio spaces of five artists and will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The first stop is an exhibit at the Longhouse, 2309 49th St. S, where guests pick up maps and wristbands. From there, each venue will highlight an artist's work and creative space, and provide light refreshments. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. For information, call (727) 347-4786 or visit so49.org.
Performance takes a trip to the 'Big Apple'
The Children's Musical Theatre Workshop of St. Petersburg Little Theatre and Pizazz Song and Dance Troupe take the audience on a musical trip to the "Big Apple" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. The play is based on trips taken by Pizazz. Tickets are $5, 1 and younger free. For information, call (727) 866-1973 or visit splt.org.
Blindness group meets for state convention
The 2011 state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida will begin sessions Saturday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. The sessions, Saturday through Monday, will feature addresses from governmental officials and representatives from agencies such as Social Security and the Division of Blind Services. Saturday and Sunday afternoons will feature seminars on topics such as transportation, legislation, technology, guide dogs, merchants, senior concerns and other topics. Registration fee is $15, and banquet tickets are $35. For information, visit nfbflorida.org.
Digital art show at Gibbs through Tuesday
Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S, is hosting a digital art show, which is open from 7:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday in Building 4, Gallery 2. The art show, "Noise and Blur," showcases the convergence of fine art and digital image processing, and is free to view. For information, call (727) 893-5452.